A. C. BLACKBURN, a member of the real estate and brokerage firm, Blackburn & White , of Steubenville, Ohio who has been identified with the business interests of this locality since 1883, was born January 19, 1846 in Wayne Township, Jefferson County, Ohio and is a son of Moses M. Blackburn and a grandson of Finley Blackburn, one of the pioneers of Jefferson County, Ohio who located on a farm in Wayne Township in 1807. THe father of our subject was born in York County, Pa in 1799 and when about eight years old came with his parents to this county where he followed farming and worked at his trade as a stone mason. He was one of the progressive and public spirited citizens of Wayne Township and always took an active interest in local politics, supporting liberally all measures which tended to advance the community in which he lived.
A. C. Blackburn was reared in Wayne Township, where he attended the common schools, and early in 1864 enlisted in the army as a member of Company E, 52nd O. V. I., serving in thr Army of the Cumberland under General Thomas and with Sherman on his march to the sea. After the close of the war, Mr. Blackburn returned to Jefferson County and completed his education taking a course at the Hopedale Normal School, after which he taught for some time. He then learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked for some years for the Panhandle Railroad, and after losing a limb was also clerk for that company for seven years. He served as auditor of Jefferson County, Ohio, two terms from 1890 to 1896, and then organized the Jefferson Building & Savings Company, of which he is vice-president and director. One year later he became expert accountant for the state auditor and commissioner of insurance for five years. Mr. Blackburn then served as deputy clerk of court until August, 1909, since which time he has been identified with Mr. White in the real estate and brokerage business at Steubenville.
Mr. Blackburn was married in September, 1873 to Lizzie R. Williams and to them have been born the following children: Maud I., who is the wife of Frank G. Howerter, of Steubenville; Miriam; Charles W., who was proprietor of a grocery store at George's Run, Ohio and at present resides there; and Grace. Mr. Blackburn holds membership with the Hamline Methodist Episcopal Church, is fraternally an Elk and is prominently identified with the G. A. R. being charter member of the E. M. Stanton Post, No. 166. He is aide de camp of the commander in chief of this Department of the G. A. R.